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08 January 2013 @ 11:33 pm
The evils of libraries  
Libraries are good. I like libraries. There's just one downside: they make me spend more money.

No, I know, it sounds crazy. "But Anna," you're thinking, "perhaps you don't understand how libraries work. They let you borrow things for free."

To which I say yes! They do! Because they are insidious crack dealers. Oh, yes. They know what they're doing, the wily critters. They'll give you that first hit for free, and then cackle maniacally as you realize you've just discovered a book you love, something you can't live without, something you must have on your bookshelf to re-read whenever the mood takes you... but now you have to give it back. So naturally, you have to buy a copy to keep with you at home forever and ever, this book you weren't even sure you'd like in the first place and were only willing to try because it was free. And then you have to buy all the sequels. And everything else that author's ever written. And that's not all, because it will inevitably start all over again the instant the library lets you borrow something else you fall in love with. It's a vicious cycle of expensiveness!

Well, ok, I've been known to put some of the books I've read and loved but don't own on Christmas wish lists and things. But still! The point stands! Libraries are out to get you.

So, y'know, beware.
Muse's Books: librariansmuse_books on January 9th, 2013 11:33 am (UTC)
You've perfectly described that feeling when returning a book - that 'must have!' that then leads to buying.

I love my library and there are quite a few authors that I only read via them - crime novels mainly that I know I won't want to re-read. My weakness is fantasy and the like.
Maiden of the Moon: Golden Meadowsladyithildiel on January 9th, 2013 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oh!! I do that too, read some authors only through the library-and mostly crime and mystery novels that I generally don't want to read again!:)

But fantasy...I read a good book, I must have it!!!;)
bersekerberseker on January 9th, 2013 11:38 am (UTC)

I remember when I was 13, and I first read Quo Vadis, and I had to ask for an extension because I didn't want to give it back. And then I realized that I didn't want another week with it, I wanted to marry it and have it in my home forever.

So I made mom buy it. SNEAKY LIBRARIES INDEED.
Maiden of the Moon: Gambit-Bow downladyithildiel on January 9th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I hadn't thought of it like this before, but you are so right!!!There're several books I;ve gone and bought after reading one of them I borrowed from the local library-Mary Hoffman's Stravaganza series, for instance, I had taken out City of Masks and loved it to much I had to go out and buy it...and some of the series since, hehe!:p The same thing happened with Clive Barker's Weaveworld-two examples off the top of my head!

Not the only one, either, though I've mostly borrowed crime/mystery novels-which I don't really care to reread!Anything fantasy though...yeah, I can probably make a long list of books that I borrowed from the library and ended up buying as soon as I had read and returned them!:P

Edited at 2013-01-09 01:18 pm (UTC)
sue_bursztynskisue_bursztynski on January 9th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
I don't so much mind the returning as the fact that when I found a book I loved - in this case, Michael Collins' book about the US space program - they got rid of it! I couldn't even re-borrow it - and now it's out of print. I mean, I know you have to weed now and then, but if they were going to weed it I would have happily bought it.
marycatellimarycatelli on January 10th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
I like to encourage writers to write more if I like their work.
dawn_metcalf: Smile!dawn_metcalf on January 10th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA! So true! Why is it when I visit the public library my private library gets bigger...? Hmm. ;-)